Thursday evening brought another jump in coronavirus cases in the state as testing efforts ramped up with more than 12,000 new tests in the past two days.
According to the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the total number of Florida-related coronavirus cases hit 2,484. Additionally, DOH reported 129 new cases of coronavirus compared to the numbers released at 11 a.m. on Thursday. The death toll also rose too, with the state recording 29 new deaths from COVID-19. The new number is up from 23 the night before.
The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state has risen by 507 since Wednesday evening as more people get tested across the state. The total as of Thursday evening stands at 2,484.https://t.co/sXtTj9WfXu
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The most recent figures show that testing ramped up this week, with 2,359 residents testing positive and another 120 non-Florida residents diagnosed while visiting the Sunshine State. An additional seven received treatment outside the state.
Many of the new cases continue to appear in South Florida, an area of the state where testing continues to grow. According to Thursday’s advisory, cases in Broward county hit 505. Meanwhile, cases in Miami-Dade County soared to 654.
Other counties with triple-digit cases are Palm Beach (163), Hillsborough (145), and Orange (106).
The new cases come as the number of jobless claims in the United States hit a record high, with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reporting nearly 3.3 million people filed for unemployment — an increase of over three million from the previous week.
Florida also saw a dramatic increase, with a total of 74,021 people signing up for unemployment in the state — crushing the old record of 40,043 set in 2009. The new total was an astonishing leap from the 6,256 claims from the week of March 14.
The next report will be released at 11 a.m. on Friday.
To view a breakdown of cases and their locations, click HERE.